Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Fragments

Half-Past Kissin' Time

Joining up with Mrs. 4444 for some Friday fragments......

I am a big fan of American Family Radio (AFR) and listen to it daily.  One of my favorite features is "JJ and Ron in the Morning" (from 6:00 - 9:00AM).  Five years ago yesterday JJ and his wife Melanie's 5 year old son, Cooper, was killed while he and JJ were riding on a dune buggy.  It was very tragic and JJ and Melanie have written the above book to share their story of grief in the hopes of ministering to others.  I have not read the book yet but I have seen the documentary, Flame On, that they did 2 years ago where much of the book is talked about.  I cannot recommend it enough!  If you or someone you know is grieving a loss, especially of a child, you might want to get this book and give it to them as a gift. You can order it here from AFR.
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Just a quick update on the house construction.  It was a busy week but you might not can tell that by the above photos.  The footings were dug (middle photo) and filled  for the regular foundation  and hopefully the regular foundation will be poured the first of the coming week.  It's needs a good rain on it first and it appears that the good Lord is going to do just that today.  Many of you have questioned me about the "block foundation" and I think the best way to tell you is just to say that by having a block foundation it allows us to have steps leading up to the front door.  A regular foundation does not allow that, the front door is ground level.  Our house will be raised about 3 feet.  Maybe that helps you to understand a little better.  And, might I add, it takes much, much longer to build a block foundation, thus, we're in our 5th week of construction and nary a stud has gone up yet.  But, it won't be long now and then you will really be able to see progress. I can't wait!
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We are going to pick up this little fella on Sunday and he'll be with us about 3 days and then his Momma will come for a few days before they head home.  This will be our first time ever to have him by himself but they now live close enough that this is possible.  He's about to start Kindergartner and life will never be the same but it's all a part of life.  We look forward to spending this special time with him.
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Okay, thought you might be interested in this new chicken dish I did last night for our dinner.  I say new because it's new to me.  My DIL told me about it and it sounded good so I gave it a whirl.  Spray Pam on the bottom of a dish (to fit how many breasts you may be doing), then put strips of raw bacon on the bottom of the pan. Then season the breasts to your liking and then wrap them with raw bacon.  Cut up potatoes, carrots and onions and sprinkle throughout the breasts and sprinkle with salt and pepper and add about 3/4 cup of chicken broth for some liquid. Cover tightly with foil or cook in lidded container.  Cook at 350 degrees for up to an hour and a half.  Ovens vary, but I would imagine it would take at least an hour in any oven.  I baked mine an hour and a half.  It's very tasty and we liked the potato, carrot and onion mixture with the chicken.  Easy peasy!

Lea
Lea

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!

13 comments:

  1. That chicken recipe sounds fabulous!! We don't eat a lot of bacon, but it's on our list now that it looks like our tomatoes are finally going to start getting ready to pick (for BLTs) ... and I'll have a perfect dish to use some of that bacon! Now I understand totally about your foundation ... and it sounds like the extra time will be worth it. ;-) Awww, some time with Clancy ... every grandma's dream is some alone time, some one-on-one time with her grands ... how awesome that you're finally going to get some with your little guy.

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  2. Our neighbour's are building an addition on the back of their house. It is supposed to be done before the end of July however they figure they won't be moving back in until the end of August.

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  3. It's not easy watching a house get built, it requires a lot of patience! Enjoy your time with your grandson. Thank you for sharing the book link. Your chicken recipe sounds delicious.

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  4. Were you reading my mind? Ive been craving chicken with bacon for a whole week! Lo and behold, a tried n true recipe right here! :) . Oh, your Clancy on that horse is a priceless picture. He looks like he was born to to be a cowboy!

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  5. I am sure that recipe is delicious, but bacon is not on my list of acceptable foods. Yummy!

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  6. That recipe sure looks yummy, may have to give it a try!
    Enjoy making new memories with little Clancy :-)

    Hugs!

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  7. On my...that chicken recipe sounds wonderful and easy!

    I'm enjoying hearing about your home building experiences. It brings back memories of when our house was built 18 years ago.

    Hope you have a wonderful time with your grandson!

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  8. Congrats on the foundation progress. Can't wait to see the walls go up. Enjoy that munchkin and have a great week.
    :-)
    Traci

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  9. Such a great sounding recipe and a good way to prepare a one-dish meal in one pan. We don't do meats at home anymore, meaning we do sometimes eat it when dining out, so I probably won't fix it but it does sound and look delicious. Enjoy your visit with that adorable little boy and yes, things change as they get older. We have been trying to get our little AG for a week this summer, but she is too busy with camps, etc. Still trying.

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  10. Hi Cici!
    I'm not sure if I could read the book without crying. Just reading about it on your post saddens me. However, I am sure, it is probably a very encouraging book. I have a friend who lost her only child to MD. I wonder if she would like this book.

    Have a great weekend.
    `See` you on Monday.

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  11. Have fun with your grandson! One of my favorite things as a child was staying at my grandmother's house!

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  12. I can't imagine having to wait to have my house built. I remember the stressfulness of redoing my kitchen. Have a blessed time with that grandson of yours this weekend. Oh and that chicken dish looks so good!

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  13. Oh Lea... So sad about that DJ's tragic loss. Bet you're going to have a wonderful time with that adorable grandson and his Mama during their visit. How is you neck feeling. Hope you are doing better. Have a great week!

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So glad you stopped by and hope you enjoyed your visit. I love your comments and read each and every one of them and I always try to reply to them. Blessings to you this day!